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Extra-inning loss costs Cardinal baseball a series sweep

 

Junior shortstop Tommy Edman tied the game with two outs in the ninth, but the Stanford baseball team lost, 8-7, in 10 innings as visiting Arizona State completed the Pac-12 series sweep Sunday.

Alex Dunlap homered among three hits and drove in three runs for the Cardinal. Jack Klein added a home run and two RBI.

Freshman Brandon Wulff added a pair of hits for Stanford, which dropped to 19-15 on the year and 7-8 in Pac-12 play.

For the third straight game, Arizona State (23-14, 9-9) took a 1-0 lead, only to be thwarted by Klein, who was the start of the Cardinal offense in every game this series. In the third inning on Sunday, he hit a go-ahead two-run home run into the trees in left field.

The Sun Devils tied the game in the fourth with a two-out double, but in the bottom of the frame, Dunlap duplicated Klein's home run with a go-ahead blast of his own. The junior catcher nearly hit the same tree as his center fielder teammate to give Stanford a 3-2 lead.

The back-and-forth affair continued as the teams exchanged leads in the fifth. Arizona State went on top, 4-3, with a two-run homer, but Stanford responded with three runs in the home half of the inning for a 6-4 advantage. Edman singled home Klein, and a pair of Cardinal scored on Dunlap's two-out single to left.

The Sun Devils took the lead for good in the seventh. The first three batters reached safely, which included a three-run homer.

Wulff led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Alec Wilson was used as a pinch runner and advanced to second on a bunt from Beau Branton, and to third on a groundout from Klein.

Edman hit a groundball up the middle which was mishandled by the second baseman and he beat the throw to tie the game.

Brian Serven hit the third round-tripper of the game for the Sun Devils, a solo shot with one out in the tenth for the decisive run.

Dunlap, who tied a career high with three RBI, roped his third hit of the day into left for a leadoff single in the bottom of the 10th. But a line drive to first base turned into a double play and ended the threat.

Klein had a home run and sacrifice bunt in the same game for the second time this season. Dunlap had back-to-back multi-hit games and went 5-for-8 in the final two games of the series.

Four more road games complete a stretch of 11 of 15 games away from Sunken Diamond.

The road swing begins with a mid-week trip to Santa Clara on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and extends to Corvallis for a three-game set with No. 14 Oregon State beginning Friday.

Women's tennis

A strong tournament run for Melissa Lord and Carol Zhao came to an end in the doubles final on Sunday afternoon at the Pac-12 Championships.

Lord and Zhao dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to the nation's No. 22-ranked duo of Alexandra Osborne and Ebony Panoho of Arizona State.

Tied 3-3 in the first set, Osborne and Panoho ripped off three straight games to take the first set.

In the second set, Osborne and Panoho won the final four games after building a 2-1 lead.

It was an impressive three-day stretch for Lord and Zhao, who have played only nine matches together after being paired up for the first time on March 25 in a dual against Colorado.

Lord and Zhao won their first three tournament matches against nationally-ranked opponents after facing only unranked foes prior to arriving in Ojai.

The Cardinal's No. 2 tandem was seeking to become the ninth conference doubles champions in school history. Meanwhile, Zhao was looking to defend her crown after capturing last year's title with Taylor Davidson.

Earlier on Sunday, Caroline Lampl came up short in her bid for the Invitational Division singles title after suffering a 6-1, 6-4 loss to California's Olivia Hauger.

Lampl had won the two previous meetings against Hauger, most notably providing the clincher in Stanford's 4-3 upset victory last weekend.

Softball

Utah jumped to a big lead early in beating Stanford, 9-0, in the Pac-12 series finale Sunday.

The Utes (30-13, 11-4 Pac-12) scored all of their runs in the first inning and were two-hit the rest of the way.

Carolyn Lee (6-17) got the start for the Cardinal (13-26, 0-15 Pac-12) and was relieved in the first by Haley Snyder, who retired the final seven batters she faced.

Kayla Bonstrom delivered Stanford's first hit of the game with two outs in the top of the third inning.

Savannah Schulze provided the Cardinal's second hit with two outs in the top of the fifth.

The Cardinal returns home next weekend, playing host in a three-game series with California beginning Friday at 7 p.m. All three games will be televised on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Sailing

Skippers Axel Sly, Antoine Screve and Will La Dow helped guide Stanford to a 5-0 record and the title of the PCCSC Team Race Championship Carter Ford Trophy hosted by San Diego State.

Crew members Sarah Placekm Samantha Steele and Nicolette Obel worked in harmony to keep the Cardinal unbeaten.

At the Admiral's Cup at Kings Point, Stanford sailed eighth out of 20 teams racing in three divisions.

— Stanford Athletics

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